Updated: Dec 5, 2019
It feels truly surreal to be writing this, and I know that it’s going to take a while before it properly sinks in, but last Wednesday it was announced that I’d won national Wedding Planner of the Year at The Wedding Industry Awards.
The last few years have been intense, and at times intensely difficult verging on impossible. I lost my lovely mum in August of 2017 and much of 2018 has been coloured by grief. Grieving is a profoundly peculiar thing, in that it’s not finite. It’s a shape shifter, which can follow you through the good times as well as the bad.
Throughout this last year, alongside my amazing husband and two little divas, it’s been my work that has pulled me out of the fog. Connecting with wonderful people and helping them to host no-holds-barred celebrations of their love stories has served as a bit of a life-affirming fuel for me. I’ve made some incredible new friends, worked at a selection of stunning venues and poured my heart into designing weddings that are worthy of my beautiful couples.
So Many Thank Yous
I simply cannot adequately put into words how much this award means to me. Walking up to the stage on Wednesday to collect it (and trying not to fall down from the shock), I could feel how proud of me my mum is. It’s given me the biggest boost you can imagine, and I am sailing into 2019 feeling excited, happy and able to handle those little pockets of grief that still sometimes float towards me.
So a huge and heartfelt thank you to each and every one of my couples of 2018.
Lotte and Dom, I love you guys for your legendary laid back attitude. Thanks for being game for a challenge and trusting me to put together a wedding on a seriously short timescale. You set the bar high when it comes to throwing an epic party, and I’ll remember the joyful dancing on the tables forever!
Claire and Paul, you are, quite frankly, a pair of dreamboats. Thank you for the brief that dreams are made of, for your friendship and your kindness. Your twinkling, candle-filled Rockley Manor romance will always be one of my absolute favourites.